Harvard Crews Sweep Foot of the Charles

The Harvard varsity lightweights (shown at right, racing as an eight in the Head Of The Charles Regatta) split into fours and finished the fall season in impressive fashion.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard heavyweight and lightweight crews swept their events at the Foot of the Charles regatta Saturday morning on the Charles River, setting a course record in the process as they closed the fall competition season.

The Crimson heavyweight varsity four A finished the head-race course in a record time of 12:46.415, as Harvard boats took the top two spots in the varsity fours race. The Harvard lightweight varsity four A took seventh in the 49-boat field, ahead of the top heavyweight entries from six schools. In the freshman eights, the Crimson won both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions.

The record-setting, winning crew of James O'Connor, Sam O'Connor, Michael DiSanto, Josh Hicks and coxswain David Fuller finished more than 14 seconds faster than the rest of the field. The Harvard B entry edged Syracuse A by about one-third of a second for runner-up honors. Harvard C made it three Crimson boats in the top five by beating the Brown A entry by nearly four-fifths of a second, and Harvard D made it four Harvard heavyweight entries in the top nine.

Harvard's top lightweight entry crossed the line in 13:15.148, ahead of the top heavyweight boats from Dartmouth, Northeastern, MIT, Massachusetts, Boston College and Union. The Harvard lightweight B entry placed 12th in 13:31.210, about 2.5 seconds faster than Syracuse C and also faster than the second Brown heavyweight boat. The Crimson's lightweight C entry took 16th place.

In the 24-boat freshman race, Harvard's heavyweight A entry finished more than three seconds ahead of second-place Boston University and the rest of the field in 12:08.246. The Crimson lightweight A boat placed fifth in 13:14.090, nearly three seconds faster than the sixth-place MIT heavyweights and 12 ahead of the MIT lightweights. The Harvard heavyweight B and lightweight B entries placed 12th and 13th, respectively.